DAWill1128 wrote:xdrta+ wrote:DAWill1128 wrote:I also saw a scenario where the Warriors do a sign and trade and use the TPE and send back a pick for a free agent. This way they can go above the MLE and the other team doesn’t lose a player for nothing. Is that possible? I can’t think of trade where that has happened.
The trade exception can be used to absorb salary in a sign-and-trade, so yes, that would be possible.
Well if that’s the case does it make sense to try and pry Harrell away from the Clippers? That could be huge. Williams is getting older and Harrell is a top player for them. That could shift some of the power towards us. Although I also think if Harrell signs a big long term deal that will greatly hinder the Clippers ability to improve. Williams taking a discount and Harrells current deal are a big reason the Clippers have a strong roster.
Or maybe we can corner the Raptors. The Raptors will have Ibaka and Gasol up for free agency, if we negotiate we could potentially force them to cough up one or the other.
The Suns with the TPE and Baynes also makes sense since they don’t have reason to spend beyond the MLE for Baynes when they have Ayton.
All those results sound enticing, the problem is a S&T hardcaps them. The line this season was about $138M--if the cap drops by even as little as 10%, the line will be below $130M. Either way, the Warriors can't get under it with the payroll they have now. They'd have to get rid of salaries themselves.